RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Jason Finley was just planning on having breakfast at the Squeeze-Inn in South Reno. He didn't expect he'd learn something new as well, as REMSA set up outside offering CPR demonstrations.
"They asked me if they wanted to learn chest compressions, and I said, “Why not?" says Finley.
Like the unplanned life-lesson, J.W. Hodge with REMSA says cardiac arrest can happen anywhere at any time.
"We know that about 90% of cardiac arrest are outside of the hospital and of those people, a majority of time, they don't get hands only, or any CPR because people don't know what to do,” says Hodge.
So in an effort to raise awareness, REMSA is bringing the classroom out into the community, complete with mannequins to practice on, and a certified CPR instructor to teach you.
The basic steps include checking your surrounds, calling 911, checking on the victim, and performing chest compressions at 100 beats per minute.
These easy steps only take a few minutes, but it makes a huge difference.
"The sooner someone starts CPR, on a victim that's gone down,” says Hodge. “The higher their chances of survival are."
And it's a few minutes Finley is happy to give.
"It's something everybody should know,” he says. “We're always around people and things happen. At least if you can react and maybe give somebody that extra 5 minutes that they need, then you're doing something good. "
REMSA will be at a different location every week:
Sunday, June 1 at Squeeze Inn - South Reno (25 Foothill Road, Suite 3, Reno) from 9 a.m. to noon
Monday June 2 at Swill Wine and Coffee (3366 Lakeside Ct., Reno) from 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, June 3 at Whole Foods Market (6139 S Virginia St, Reno) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4 at Feed the Camel (McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr, Reno) from 5 p.m. to 8 pm..
Thursday, June 5 at MidTown Farmers Market (MidTown District, Reno) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, June 6 at Scheels (1200 Scheels Dr, Sparks) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 7 at The Club at Town Center in Somersett (7650 Town Square Way, Reno) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. as part of the Heart Healthy Heroes 5K and Fun Run.
For more information or questions, contact REMSA at (775) 353-0772 or www.remsaeducation.com